2 Degrees Mobile is probably the best deal
NZ prepaid mobile is pretty expensive compared with many other countries, but 2 Degrees is cheaper than the competition. Their prepaid SIMs also include data (50c per MB or $6 for 50MB).
Just buy a SIM card from most supermarkets, newsagents or petrol stations. They don't discriminate against non-Kiwis. They'll even sell SIM cards to an Aussie. over 8 years ago
There's a comprehensive article looking at this here (full disclosure: I wrote it!).
Travel tech: best prepaid SIM cards for travel to New Zealand
I think the answer is essentially: it depends. If you are in one of NZ's key cities, then 2Degrees Mobile is good value, but outside the cities, it roams onto Vodafone at a higher cost, and with poorer internet speeds.
If you're mostly after cheap phone calls back to Australia, Vodafone is good -- it has a $2 capped rate for calls up to 60 minutes. However, its pricing isn't otherwise ideal, and lots of people complain about Vodafone NZ's poor mobile internet speed.
Telecom New Zealand seems to be the best value and fastest internet option for national use across New Zealand. Its new "XT" network is 3G HSPA like Telstra Next G. The only catch is that your phone needs to support the 850MHz radio frequency in order to get good coverage from Telecom. If your phone is a Telstra handset, it will support this frequency, as it's the same as Telstra Next G.
Anyway, the article has all the details on which network is best depending on your needs. almost 8 years ago
I'd say 2degrees is pretty good (coverage is somewhat limited though), I'm using it on my iphone and you can buy data packs or text packs or call packs depending on what you're going to use most. Good luck :) almost 8 years agoAnswered by katie leigh (facebook.com/katieleighh) via WorldNomads.com